Financial Technology Startup Market Trends and Insights  – Q2 2017

Here is our Q2 2017 summary report on the Financial Technology startup sector. The following report includes a startup landscape overview, graphical trends and insights, and recent funding and exit events.

We are currently tracking 2,174 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

Financial Technology Market Overview and Innovation Quadrant – Q2 2017

The following post highlights how Venture Scanner categorizes the Financial Technology startup landscape, and presents our Innovation Quadrant showing how those categories compare to one another. The data for this post is through April 2017.

Fintech Logo Map Q2 2017

The above sector map organizes the sector into 16 categories and shows a sampling of companies in each category.

Fintech Innovation Quadrant Q2 2017

Our Innovation Quadrant provides a snapshot of the average funding and average age for the different Financial Technology categories and how they compare with one another.

  • Heavyweights: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with significant financing.
  • Established: These categories are comprised of companies that have reached maturity with less financing.
  • Disruptors: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with significant financing.
  • Pioneers: These categories are comprised of companies that are less mature with earlier stages of financing.

The definitions of the Financial Technology categories are as follows

Banking Infrastructure: Companies that improve the operations of financial institutions. Examples include API integration with banks, white-label mobile solutions, and big-data analytics.

Business Lending: Companies that offer new ways for businesses to raise debt financing and have their credit risk assessed. Examples include peer-to-peer lending platforms, asset-based lines of credit, micro-financing, and big data risk analytics.

Consumer and Commercial (Digital) Banking: Companies that allow consumers and SMBs to interface with banking services. Examples include Internet-only banking services and virtual credit cards.

Consumer Lending: Companies that offer new ways for consumers to obtain personal loans and have their credit risk assessed. Examples includes peer-to-peer lending, micro-financing, big data analytics, and consumer credit scoring services.

Consumer Payments: Companies that offer technology and services centered around payment issuers and consumers. Examples include mobile wallets, credit card aggregators, prepaid card innovations, and peer-to-peer payments.

Crowdfunding: Companies that provide new methodologies to raise non-equity and non-debt financing. Examples include crowdfunding platforms for products, social causes, and creative projects.

Equity Financing: Companies that allow private businesses raise capital in exchange for equity and for investors to participate in private securities markets. Examples include crowdsourcing equity platforms and secondary market solutions.

Financial Research and Data: Companies that provide information services that enable investors to make better investment decisions. Examples include news, research, and data sources.

Financial Transaction Security: Companies that provide solutions to secure transactions, authenticate users, and prevent fraud. Examples include identify verification, big data analytics, and fraud detection algorithms.

Institutional Investing: Companies that help wealth managers, hedge fund managers, and professional traders manage their portfolios and optimize returns. Examples include tools for stock sentiment analysis, alternative investment platforms, and algorithmic trading tools.

International Money Transfer: Companies that allow businesses and individuals to send money abroad easily and cheaply. Examples include digital-only remittances, mobile top-off services, and gift cards.

Payments Backend and Infrastructure: Companies centered around payment issuers/acquirers and the infrastructure enabling payments. Examples include payment solutions for e-commerce merchants, online payment gateways, ACH, direct deposits, and payment back-ends for mobile apps.

Personal Finance: Companies that provide ways for consumers to manage their personal finances. Examples include tools for tracking expenses, managing a budget, addressing wrongful credit card charges, and optimizing credit card rewards.

Point of Sale Payments: Companies centered around payment acquirers, providing physical payment solutions for brick-and-mortar businesses and organizations. Examples include mobile point-of-sales (POS) systems and POS innovations (e.g. QR code, palm scanners).

Retail Investing: Companies that provide new ways for consumers to invest in various securities. Examples include theme-based investments, crowdsourced investment expertise, unbiased algorithmic investment advice, and investment social networks.

Small and Medium Business Tools: Companies that offer solutions that help small and medium sized businesses manage their finances. Examples include tools for taxes, payroll, invoicing, and accounting.

We are currently tracking 2,171 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology startup market report.

Venture Investing in Financial Technology – Q2 2017

The following graphs highlight venture investing trends into the Financial Technology sector. The graphics include data through April 2017.

Fintech Q2 2017 Venture Investing

The above graph compares the total venture funding in each Fintech category to the number of companies in the category. The Consumer Lending category takes the lead in both metrics, with around $19B in funding and about 290 startups.

Fintech Average Funding by Category Q2 2017

The above analysis summarizes the average company funding in each Fintech category. The Consumer Lending category leads the sector with around $95M in average funding per company, followed by the Payments Backend and Business Lending categories.

We are currently tracking 2,171 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 63 countries, with a total of $64B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

Average and Median Age by Financial Technology Category – Q1 2017

The following graph shows average and median age in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

Average and Median Age by FinTech Category
Average and Median Age by FinTech Category

The above graph summarizes the average and median age of companies in each Financial Technology category. The Payments Backend category has the highest average age at around 10 years, and the Banking Infrastructure category is the runner-up with an average age of around 9 years. Both the Payments Backend and Banking Infrastructure categories have the highest median age at around 8 years.

We are currently tracking 2152 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $63.9B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology market report.

Where in the world are Financial Technology startups? Q1 2017

The analyses below summarize where Financial Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

Financial Technology Q1 2017 Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Financial Technology companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 1,040 companies.

Financial Technology Q1 2017 VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Financial Technology startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $31.5B.

We are currently tracking 2,140 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $64B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology landscape report and database.

Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year – Q1 2017

The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Financial Technology sector. The graphic includes data through January 2017.

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Financial Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Financial Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2012 ranks at the top with around 287 companies founded in that year alone. 2013 is the runner-up with 264 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 2126 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 61 countries, with a total of $63.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology report and database.

Financial Technology Funding Trends – Q1 2017

The following graphs highlight recent trends in Financial Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through early January 2017.

Financial Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Fintech startups for each year. 2016 is the best year with just under $18B in funding. 2015 comes in at second place at around $16B in funding.

Financial Technology Vintage Year Funding

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Fintech companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2011 have raised the most funding at around $7.5B.

We are currently tracking 2,112 Financial Technology companies in 16 categories across 60 countries, with a total of $62 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Financial Technology report and database.